Who are we and what do we do?
The West Shed is home to The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust – a Charity formed in 1993 by a group of railway enthusiasts who had already saved and restored several steam locomotives. Since then, the Trust has restored more locomotives and railway carriages, and developed a professional base – the West Shed – located at the Midland Railway-Butterley.
You can help us to look after our historic steam locomotives and railway carriages by making a donation. Your support will also help us to keep the West Shed Museum open for visitors to enjoy for years to come. As a Registered Charity we are grateful for every penny received!
To make a donation online, please click on the ‘Make a Donation’ button below – this will take you to our main organisation website:
Our activities include…
We welcome visitors to the West Shed Museum. Come and see our locomotives and carriages and explore the collections through displays, films and hands-on activities. At different times you can also enjoy children’s craft activities, guided tours and events. For more information see the Visit us page.
We have a purpose-built workshop to restore and maintain our locomotives and carriages – you can watch what’s going on from a viewing gallery. Our Engineers also carry out contract work for other organisations – one of our current major projects is ‘The Unknown Warrior’ locomotive. For more information see: https://lms-patriot.org.uk/
Our flagship locomotive 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ travels all over the UK on the national rail network operating special train trips. We hire the locomotive out to other operators a list of tours can be found here:
Become a Member
Be part of our organisation and help us to keep steam alive by becoming a Friend of the Duchess
To find out more about our other activities in more detail, take a look at our main organisation website by clicking the link below: